20 February, IFIM B School :- On 20th February 2015 IFIM B School completed 20 years of transformation and the founder’s day was celebrated in a magnificient way. The function begun at 4:15 pm in the evening with the IFIM B School’s Director Dr.Madhumita Chatterjee’s welcome speech ,addressing the gathering. She introduced, Sahil the disciple of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who mesmerized everyone by his devotional satsang songs. The devotees of Guruji were totally lost into their devotion towards him. Media companies like 10 Motion Arts (advertising agency-Digital media company), Indian Express were present to cover the event. At 5:15 pm the honourable chief guest Sri Sri Ravi Shankar along with Mr. Ashish Kumar Chauhan the MD & CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange arrived. After they settled down Dr. Madhumita Chatterjee requested Guruji to unveil the stamp and sovereign of IFIM.

Dr. Madhumita Chatterjee then threw a light on the achievements and projects of the IFIM family till date which included Siksha Adhar project which was about providing education to the underprivileged students, Kanyathon-save the girl child, Blood donation camp & Eye check up where 130 eye students were recognized among 140 students with the help of the Red Cross Society. IFIM is promoted by Dalal Street & it’s the 3rd institution in India to get CFA affiliation. Also, conferred the title of ‘Best Business School Of The Year’ by Bangalore Management Association (BMA). She also stated IFIM’s interest in collaborating with AOL( Art of living) inorder to establish PEP. Then, Padmabhushan Ajay Chowdhary honoured Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with a momento. Guruji was then asked to deliver a message to the audience and students of the institution. In his message “He talks about sanskara, what defines our life is not religion or nationality . Its our ability to rejuvenate………India sooner or later will become the diabetic or depression capital……..He says Bangalore is the IT city ( Information Technology) but for him IT means Inner Transformation. Guruji concluded his message by bestowing his blessings on the students and audiences and left by 5:45 pm.

It was dusk and the audience witnessed Mr. Ashish Kumar Chauhan on the dice also known as the Father of Modern Derivation-a man of multiple institutions. Mr. Chauhan had graduated from IIT Bombay with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1989 after which he joined IIM Calcutta for an MBA. He was the member of the core team that founded the NSE (National Stock Exchange). In 2014 he received the Best CEO in the financial market in the Asia Pacific by the Asian banker and the Best CEO award for Global Islamic Financial initiative from CEO clubs network . Also ranked amongst the 60 most influential Gujarati’s in the world for last 2 consecutive year by Chitralekha the Best Selling Gujarati Magazine. While addressing the Young Indians, “80% of the economy of China depends on the government whereas 80% of the Indian economy is without government and is an anti fragile society.

The vote of thanks was delivered by Padmabhushan Ajay Chowdhary who is one of the 6th founder members of HCL. Today he is an inspiration for young Indians. He is currently the chairman- Board of Governors at IIT Patna. In 2011, government of India awarded Ajay Chowdhary with Padmabhushan, also the 3rd highest civilian award. The foundation of Indian Industry and Economist has presented Mr. Ajay Chowdhary with “The Best IT Man Of The Year Award”. Sri Chowdhary says “IT has created Brand India”.

Good things come to those who wait and so was with the audience. Therefore, getting over with formal part and turning on to the cultural events the audience was made lively by the two very immensely talented MC (master of ceremony) for the evening Amreen Sultana and Ajay Krishna. It started on with an intoxicating performance by students from Shankar Mahadevan’s Academy. Followed by an electrifying dance performance by the UG & PG students along with a Bang on performance by the in-house dance group “The Skull” that lit fire to the stage. The faculty too added glitters by shaking their legs to some melodious numbers which added cherry to the cake. All’s well that ends well and so was the last segment of the event which was the stupendous and eye opening fashion show by the IFIM students.

Hope the candle that Mr. V.V. Padode lit 20 years ago may flourish and prosper in the coming years.

By- Victoria Chacko
Khushboo Singh
BA(J) I Year